Landry's Says Atty Immunity Doesn't Cover Media Statements

Law360 (February 2, 2021, 9:52 PM EST) -- Texas Supreme Court  justices questioned Tuesday where the line should be drawn for the judicial-proceedings privilege in a defamation lawsuit brought by the Landry's restaurant company against the Animal Legal Defense Fund stemming from public comments about the treatment of four white tigers.

The long-running case asks the state's high court to determine if the judicial-proceedings privilege or the attorney-immunity doctrine can be applied to protect a party from a defamation suit stemming from out-of-court press releases and social media posts. The privilege holds that communications made "in the due course of" a judicial proceeding can't be the basis for a libel,...

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